An update from Hamilton Public Health Services on Hamilton’s COVID-19 vaccination program
Vaccines are safe, effective and are the best way to protect your child, your family, and your community from COVID-19. Vaccines will help students and families to safely resume normal activities as soon as possible. At this time, Health Canada has authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for youth aged 12 and up.
Currently, youth in Hamilton who are aged 12 and older at time of vaccination
can book an appointment to receive a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
There are many convenient ways youth can receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Hamilton including large-scale clinics, mobile pop-up vaccine clinics, pharmacy clinics, family and youth-friendly clinics being held between June 15-28, and community-based and led mobile vaccination clinics for specific populations. Eligible family members who have not received a vaccination are encouraged to book an appointment to attend a vaccination clinic.Information regarding how to book an appointment and answers to frequently asked questions regarding youth COVID-19 vaccination can be found at www.hamilton.ca/YouthVaccine.
Dedicated clinics for youth with complex needs are also being set up and will be coordinated by Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS). Specialized appointments will be given to youth with extreme sensory/behavioural issues that may impact coping during vaccination and youth with very high anxiety related to needles. Eligible students will be contacted by the school to register for the clinic.
Supporting your child to be vaccinated against COVID-19 is an important step in the fight against this disease. It will be a key factor in helping our school community return to a sense of normalcy and will benefit overall physical and mental health for children, youth and their families. Hamilton Health Sciences’ COVID vaccine Q&A with youth patients and Dr. Fulford: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eypYfg_Qjf ... COVID vaccination for children and consent by Dr. Anthony Crocco:https://youtu.be/nTIeZ2KaLVo